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Why Modular Homes are Popular

14 December 2012

Today, there are so many more modular home styles and floor plans to choose from. They are gaining in popularity and here’s why:

Always an affordable choice, today’s modular homes offer the same design features as traditional home choices, but for far less. Numerous studies have been conducted to show the cost-efficiency of factory built homes. The website,, published a report which stated, “the cost of a finished modular house in the Northeast is $90 to $125 per square foot, compared to $150 to $200 a square foot for stick-built construction.

Unlike traditional homes, the construction process for factory-built homes, or modular homes, takes much less time. Weather delays do not impact the process. The building supplies themselves are also not subject to weather damage or theft. Generally, the construction time for a modular home takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the design phase is complete, compared to the 6-12 month time frame typical with a site-built home.

For more information on Modular Construction, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Build a Modular Home in the Winter

6 December 2012

A cold Massachusetts winter is no reason to delay building your dream home. A modular home can be built quickly even in the cold weather. You don’t have to wait until spring to build, you can actually take advantage of the low interest rates we have right now. Modular homes offer more benefits than just being able to purchase more home for your money, it offers the ability to build your home at any given time.

The revolution of  modular construction means that consumers can have a better built, lower cost home that is built in a climate controlled factory. The home is then delivered to a building site on your schedule. No longer are homeowners tied to the traditional seasonal cycle and seasonal demand of regular contractor’s schedule. A modular home can be built year round and takes advantage of the off season costs that are likely lower.

For more information on building a modular home, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Did you Know These Modular Home Facts?

29 November 2012

A typical modular home built in 2010 has three bedrooms (71.6%), two full bathrooms (56%) and vinyl siding (83.9%).

On average, modular homes take about five months to complete, compared to 6.9 months for a traditional site-built home, and this average savings of roughly two months has been consistent over time.

Modular homes also tend to be slightly smaller, with an average of 1,902 square feet, compared to 2,387 for site-built, and less expensive, with average permit value of $76.80 per square foot versus $94.34 for site-built.

U.S. Census data show that modular homes are more often in the northeastern part of the country, with particular market growth in New York and Virginia.

For 2012, 12-month modular construction is projected to be about 13,300 homes, a 9.4 percent increase over 2011.

For information in building a modular home, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Modular Additions for Multigenerational Households

20 November 2012

There are 4.4 million American households who have three generations or more living under one roof. There are also an estimated 51.4 million Americans that currently live in homes with more than two generations. Multigenerational households are a growing trend, up 30% between 2000 and 2010, a figure that will only continue to grow.

"We've seen a 25% increase in demand for multigenerational homes over the past two years and expect to see more," said the CEO of a company which specializes in building custom modular homes.

Though factors such as high unemployment, a battered economy and the recent housing crisis have pushed more people into multigenerational living, studies show that it's a trend that's circled back from days past.

The number of Americans living with their extended family has risen again -- spiking as the Great Recession hit in 2008. The Pew Research Center now estimates that 16% of Americans live in multigenerational households.

The Future of Housing

The rise in multigenerational households over the past few years has changed the landscape of modern home construction. Many families are now looking to either build a multigenerational-friendly home from scratch -- more informally known as the "in-law" setup; or retrofit their existing home with a modular addition to accommodate extended family.

The most common renovation would have to be adding entire wings to an existing house. If they're modular additions, they can take anywhere from four to six weeks to complete.

Usually the wings are 600 to 800 square feet, depending on the town and their guidelines. It's much more economical to add on, as you're able to customize the addition with high-end amenities.

For more information on multi family modular homes or modular additions, contact Avalong Building Systems.

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Replacement Homes for New Jersey and Long Island - Modular Homes

16 November 2012

Avalon Building Systems would like to help families in New Jersey and Long Island who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Hundreds of families are in need of replacement homes in New Jersey and Long Island and modular construction is fast, efficient and built in compliance with all local and state codes. There is no reason to settle. You can put your life together faster when you build a modular home.

We are reaching our directly to the affected families, insurance adjusters, insurance companies, and those providing aid, we want to help.  

With Avalon Building Systems, you know that you are dealing with an established and reputable modular home company that will provide you a quality custom modular home in 4 – 6 weeks, with a fixed price.  Contact us, or call our toll free number for more information 888-764-1297.

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Modular Homes are Energy Efficient and Chic

8 November 2012

Early snow was no problem for the Josifovski family, or for their new modular home. With their three children, the couple relish the extra slope time. Instead of waiting for their house to be finished, they can spend that time skiing and having fun.

After the house was delivered, it took 15 days for it to be completely done. It is an incredibly fast process.

The new four- bedroom modular house came with all the energy efficiency and chic "green" design the family desired – in a fraction of the time. Helping to keep the family warm in winter are double-thick insulated walls, or SIP panels.

"We custom-built our last home, " Josifovski said. "It was three years of hell with constant overruns and overtime. I became so convinced that modular homes are the right way to build."

Amid the slumping housing industry, the popularity of modular homes is growing. Among their selling points: Energy (and money) savings come built in.

At Avalon Building Systems, our modular homes are LEED Platinum-certified with Energy Star-rated appliances and SIP panels.

All of those options were installed at the factory. Situated on a lot, the house is then delivered in pieces and assembled in hours.

Think of the modules like big Legos, but they have to comply with all local building codes.

Because the homes are built in a factory, there's less construction waste and there's also more quality control.

Green technology tends to cost more. But by factory-installing those options, the final price tag comes down. And as more people become interested, these sustainable options become more affordable.

The largest market for modular homes may be baby boomers that are looking for a modern easy-care but sustainable home for retirement.

The speed of installation grabs many customers. Modular Homes can be completed in the factory in a few months. Meanwhile, the home site is prepared and construction permits finalized. Then, installation seems almost instantaneous.

People love the speed. You get a custom built home with all energy-efficient extras, but cut way down on the build time. The people who buy our homes want a nice house, they want it green and to work in a real economy – and they want it fast.

For more information, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Modular Homes are More Efficient and Cost Effective

2 November 2012

Modular homes are built using an engineered approach to produce buildings in a more efficient and cost effect method of home construction. Modular homes can deliver lower home prices per square foot depending on the design additions.

Instead of the old-fashioned construction method, most of the work is done at an off-site climate controlled factory. As each module is finished it is transported to the building site and assembled. The finishing touches are then completed and your new modular homes looks just like a stick built home, but better.

Modular construction projects have grown in popularity over the last 10 years. Why? Because modular construction offers both time and cost savings. The modules for the modular homes are built as if in an assembly line, which delivers much higher efficiency and quality. Because they are built inside a factory, there are no weather delays which and labor costs are reduced.

For more information on Modular homes and the modular construction process, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Modular Home Construction Gains Appreciation

26 October 2012

Modular home construction builds a home almost entirely in a factory. The pieces are brought on trucks to their final destination, and the finishing touches can be done on-site. This could mean big cost savings in areas in the Northeast, where experts say construction costs are skyrocketing.
"Housing is becoming out of reach for too many," says New York Building Congress President Richard Anderson.

Building modular buildings, for residential and commercial use has been around for a number of years

The average savings can be 5% to 20% with modular construction, along with a whole lot of time, and the modular home business has been picking up a lot in the last several years.
Some of the increased business is because we're coming out of the recession and we're seeing more activity, but a lot of is it because modular homes are really catching on.

Modular construction might go a long way toward helping to keep the building industry competitive.

"Innovation in the construction industry is always important because we're the highest cost construction market in the country, and we are encouraging people to look for ways to economize, to look to do things differently, and in a better way," says Anderson.

For more information on modular home construction, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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So Many Options for Modular Homes

11 October 2012

These days, there are many modular construction options available that are green, beautiful, well-made, and often lower-cost. Modular homes can be modest year round homes, estates or vacation homes or modular additions.

Modular homes come in a wide range of sizes, from one bedroom spaces and small units to larger sized homes. They are also available in a wide variety of styles from traditional designs to  modern to completely custom designed. Most of the modular floor plans can be modified or customized.

Prefab homes have many benefits. They can be built more efficiently (e.g., less material waste), more quickly, with more precision and durability (i.e., higher quality), and they typically have more predictable costs (and often cost less) than site-built homes.

The levels of greenness vary among the following options, but all of them tout some green features.

For information on building a greener home, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Modular Construction is Green Construction

5 October 2012

There are many benefits of modular homes which is causing them to gain in popularity. What are those benefits? They are cost efficient, time efficient, energy efficient and arguably more durable than traditional construction.

Modular homes are built off site. Modules are constructed and assembled in factories and are transported to the site to be assembled on the foundation. Kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms are fully assembled, complete with arrangements for electrical wiring and plumbing then transported.

Modular homes are considered much more green than traditionally built homes. Modular homes are constructed with as much as 90% lesser waste than traditional onsite construction. This is because of the efficiency of factory construction. There is no compromise in the quality of construction or in the design of homes. Those who build a modular home can choose from 100’s of interior designs or they can custom design a floor plan.

Another feature that makes modular homes environmentally friendly are their recyclable and reusable nature. Modules that together form a house can be dismantled to be transported elsewhere, which is something a traditionally constructed home can never offer. You can literally relocate your house if you move.

Modular homes are highly energy efficient and cost-effective.  Modular houses are also much stronger than stick built homes. The parts that together constitute a house are constructed such that they survive the rigors of shipping and transportation.

Contact Avalon Building Systems for more information.

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